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America's Counter-Revolution
The Constitution Revisited

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This book challenges the assumption that the Constitution was a landmark in the struggle for liberty. Instead, Sheldon Richman argues, it was the product of a counter-revolution, a setback for the radicalism represented by America’s break with the British empire. Drawing on careful, credible historical scholarship and contemporary political analysis, Richman suggests that this counter-revolution was the work of conservatives who sought a nation of “power, consequence, and grandeur.” America’s Counter-Revolution makes a persuasive case that the Constitution was a victory not for liberty but for the agendas and interests of a militaristic, aristocratic, privilege-seeking ruling class.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Lost Articles

The Constitution says that to be elected to the U.S. Senate, a person has to be 30 or older, a citizen for at least nine years, and a resident of the state from which the candidate is elected.

Alas, it says nothing about knowing American history.
Read the rest of this week's TGIF column at the Foundation for Economic Education website.

Cross-posted at Liberty & Power.


Mupetblast said...

Perhaps they feared a litmus test, engineered by incumbents, for historical knowledge?

Also, considering people are living so much longer nowadays, I think at the time of the Constitution the age of 30 was considered middle age. And with that benchmark, a certain amount of wisdom.

Sheldon Richman said...

I wasn't seriously suggesting that a history test be included in the criteria.

James Greenberg said...

Doesn't discussion of the Constitution and its relevance preclude seriousness, prima facie?

George Carlin wrote, "When I hear someone suggest there is a 'political solution' to a problem, I know I'm dealing with a serious person."


James Greenberg said...

I can't believe I omitted the word "not" above.

"I know I'm NOT dealing with a serious person."

Darn it.

Sheldon Richman said...

George Carlin is often very perceptive.